Pembrokeshire Youngsters Prepare for 2016

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Pembrokeshire U15s at training

The Pembrokeshire County Youth  Regional Team / Coaching Association celebrates 35 years of existence this season, having been created under the guidance of former England bowler Tom Cartwright, the first appointed Welsh National Cricket Coach. 

The Association is responsible for the development pathway of junior and youth cricket within the County.  This is through two strands, firstly the provision of a county-wide winter coaching programme and secondly the development and support of Regional Squads representing Pembrokeshire.

In August the County U10 Squad plays in the Cricket Wales Inter-Regional Festival at Aberystwyth, enjoying the idyllic facilities of the University campus and playing fields.  This festival is an ideal introduction for the ambitious young cricketer to rub shoulders with the best players from all over Wales. 

Age group fixtures undertaken by all County squads are not restricted to just the competitive framework within Wales.  During 2015 games were played outside of the Principality at Millfield School, the Bromsgrove Festival and in Ireland.  2016 will again see these teams representing Pembrokeshire at Millfield School, the Bromsgrove Festival whilst also travelling to London & South East of England; in 2017 a County Squad has been selected to tour Barbados. In total, a wide-ranging junior county fixture list is in place for 2016 comprising over 80 matches.       

A number of young cricketers from Pembrokeshire have represented Wales and/or the West of England since the inception of the Association in 1981.  Last season saw three girls, Maisy Davies [Llangwm CC], Elin Miller [Hook CC] and Leah Raymond [Crymych CC] selected for the National Squad while many others were invited to final trial sessions. 

To help the youngsters reach these achievements, the Coaching Association boasts some highly qualified and experienced coaches in their ranks.  Two County Coaches received ECB awards in 2015; Rick Walton for his role as the ECB Community Coach of the year and Simon Williams as the ECB Young Coach of the Year.

Under the Chairmanship of Jonathan Twigg [Haverfordwest CC] the following Regional Cricket Squad appointments have been made for the indoor training sessions for 2016 being held at Thornton Sports Hall, Milford.

Co-ordinating Manager                  Nic Evans                    Narberth CC

U10s - Coach                              Rick Walton                 Haverfordwest CC

Manager                                      TBC  

Training Night                               Thursday

Chester Marles(Hook); Luc Owen (Hook); Troy Goodridge(Hook); Bailey Goodridge(Hook); Noah Goodridge(Hook); Charlie Arthur (Cresselly); Liam Miller (Hook);  Finley Lewis; Rhydian Eynon; Rhys Eynon; William Allen; Iorri Richards; Lewis Parry (Haverfordwest); Jack  Badham; Ryan Jones; Ryan Cooper; Corey Lewis; Dillon James; Maisie Davies; Olly Hough; Ryan Preece; Harry Morgan; Hywel Mansell; Dylan John; Rhys Daley; Owen Rickard; Noah Williams;  

U11s - Coach                               Andrew Miller             Neyland CC

Manager                                       Jonathan Willington    Hook CC  

Training Night                               Tuesday

Lewis Miller (Hook), Owen Phelps (Hook), Jacob Owen (Hook), Seth Willington (Hook), Lucas Davies (Hook), Evan Watts (Haverfordwest), Joe Phillips (Llangwm), Dom Assom (Llangwm), Shay Norcross (Narberth), Jake Thomas (Narberth), Rhys Power (Neyland), Tyler Sutton (Neyland), Harry Fuller (Whitland), George Waters (Carew).  

U12s - Coach                               Jordan Howell            Narberth CC

Manager                                       Richard Howell           Narberth CC

Training Night                               Monday

Iwan Laugharne (Crymych); McKenzie McDonald (Crymych); Owain Jones (Llangwm); Elin Miller (Hook); Jamie Goldsworthy (Cresselly); Tyler Dennis ( Narberth ); Josh Lewis (Cresselly ); Harry Jones (Whitland); Ben Callan (Hundleton); Lewis Gibben (Hundleton); Iori Humphrey (Haverfordwest ); Archie Hiller-Wood (Cresselly); Robbie Davies (Llangwm); Morgan Lewis (Haverfordwest);  Oliver Rothero (Hundleton ); Cyril Vaghesse (Haverfordwest); Zac Jones (Hundleton); Thomas Mason (Whitland )  

U14s - Coach                                Simon Williams           Haverfordwest CC

Manager                                        Sarah Mansbridge       Saundersfoot CC

Training Night                                Friday

Tom Mansbridge (Saundersfoot); Levi Hughes (Saundersfoot); Max Adams (Haverfordwest); George James (Hook); Will Hughes (Neyland); Tomos Davies (Llechryd); Morgan Grieves (Carew); Rhys Canton (Carew); Rhys Grigg (Carew); Gethin Scourfield (Whitland); Louis Davies (Narberth); Rhodri Dyer (Narberth);

U15s - Coach                                Simon Williams          Haverfordwest CC

Manager                                       Huw Scriven              Haverfordwest CC

Training Night                               Wednesday

Jack Scriven(Haverfordwest); Jonny White (Haverfordwest); Jake Merry (Haverfordwest); Jack Wilson (Haverfordwest); Nikhil Mathias (Haverfordwest); Chloe Hood (Haverfordwest); Jack Blockwell(Haverfordwest); Noah Davies (Hook); Aled Phelps (Hook); Keegan Codd (Hook); Lewis Hough (Narberth); Jack Nicholas (Herbrandston); Harry Nicholas (Herbrandston); John Mansbridge (Saundersfoot); Ryan Morton (Saundersfoot); Tom Cole (Saundersfoot); Jamie Smith (Neyland).    

The door to the selected Training Squads is never closed and if there are any budding young cricketers out there, between the ages of 8 and 17, who would like to be a part of the Pembrokeshire Junior Cricket Experience, they should contact their local cricket club or link directly to the coaches via the Association website or Twitter [see below]. 

The Association always welcomes support from any quarter and if there are any adults who would like to get involved with junior cricket, whether as a coach, an umpire, or just as an administrator, scorer or driver, please do not hesitate to contact an Officer or Committee member. Updated information is available at www.pembrokeshirecricket.co.uk or via Twitter by following @PembCountyYth

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